Ferguson returns to Old Trafford for first time since operation

By Simon Evans MANCHESTER, England, Sept 22 : Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford for the first time since having brain surgery, receiving a warm welcome as he attended Saturday’s Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Smiling and waving to fans, the 76-year-old Ferguson took his seat in the directors’ box […]

Aubameyang slams Gabon decision to name his father as manager

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Sept 22 : Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has criticised the football federation (FEGAFOOT) decision to appoint his father as national team coach and said Pierre Aubame did not want the job. The Arsenal striker expressed anger at what he called the “amateurism” of the national federation, who this week named his […]

Red-hot Osaka powers past Giorgi into Tokyo final

By Jack Tarrant and Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Sept 22 : U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka stormed past Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open, where she will face Karolina Pliskova. Osaka’s victory in front of an expectant home crowd was her 10th in a row and […]

Spanish federation rejects Barcelona, Girona request to play La Liga game in US ?source

By Rodrigo De Miguel MADRID, Sept 21 : Spain’s soccer federation has rejected La Liga’s request to play Barcelona’s game against Girona in Miami on Jan. 26, a federation source told Reuters on Friday. “A letter was sent to La Liga this morning in which it denies the game request because it does not comply […]

Spanish federation rejects Barcelona, Girona request to play La Liga game in US ?source

By Rodrigo De Miguel MADRID, Sept 21 : Spain’s soccer federation has rejected La Liga’s request to play Barcelona’s game against Girona in Miami on Jan. 26, a federation source told Reuters on Friday. “A letter was sent to La Liga this morning in which it denies the game request because it does not comply […]

Tianjin hopes hampered by poor planning, says coach Sousa

By Michael Church HONG KONG, Sept 21 : Manager Paulo Sousa blamed poor planning in the transfer market for Tianjin Quanjian’s inability to replace key players Axel Witsel and Anthony Modeste following the Chinese Super League side’s exit from the Asian Champions League this week. Tianjin were eliminated by Japan’s Kashima Antlers at the quarter-final […]